12 Jan 1944
  • HMS Activity embarked the No. 819 Naval Air Squadron. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Puffer arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • The keel of escort carrier Makin Island was laid down. ww2dbase [Main Article | DS]
  • Churchill and de Gaulle met at Marrakesh, Morocco. ww2dbase [Main Article | TH]
  • USS Ray arrived at Fremantle, Australia, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Australian Papua
  • USS Cero entered Milne Bay, Australian Papua, ending her second war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
  • USS Flier departed Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii for her first war patrol. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • USS Alabama arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
  • In Italy the US 5th Army opened its offensive on the Gustav Line in appalling weather, capturing Cervaro, Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC, CPC]
  • General Alphonse Juin's Free French Expeditionary Corps launched an attack inland of Monto Cassino towards Castel Sant'Elia in Italy. ww2dbase [Main Article | AC]
  • 1,000 Jews from Stutthof Concentration Camp arrived at Auschwitz Concentration Camp; 120 men and 134 women were registered into the camp while 746 were gassed upon arrival. ww2dbase [Main Article | Facility | CPC]
Puerto Rico
  • 296th Infantry Regiment, a US Army National Guard unit consisted of Puerto Ricans, departed Puerto Rico for the Panama Canal Zone. ww2dbase [CPC]
United Kingdom
  • Allied convoy JW-56A departed Liverpool, England, United Kingdom; it was consisted of 20 freighters and was escorted by 2 cruisers and 9 destroyers. ww2dbase [Main Article | CPC]
Photo(s) dated 12 Jan 1944
USS Cleveland inside USS ABSD-1 at Aessi Island near Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 12 Jan 1944

12 Jan 1944 Interactive Map

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis

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